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Offline Spanish translator for iPhone?

The Lonely Planet translator app referenced on Rick Steves' website "Smartphone Apps for Travelers" links to Lonely Planet City Guides, not a language app. There is not offline capability for Google translate for iPhones. Does anyone know of a good offline Spanish translator app for an iPhone 6?

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I have used jibbigo and it worked fine.... costs about 5 per language.
Although typing request was easier than voice... sometimes she could not understand me.

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Jibbigo was apparently purchased by Facebook in 2013, and I'm not sure it's currently available. I suspect it will be re-launched under the Facebook name at some point in the future but I don't have any other information. Your best bet at the moment is probably Google Translate with a data connection. I also use an iPhone, so also have the same problem.

One caveat to mention is that while translator app's can somewhat get the meaning across, they still have some serious shortcomings. I've tested a few of them (including Jibbigo) with native German and French speakers, and in both cases they smirked when they heard the machine translation and said, "that may allow some communication, but it's not correct". I've tried Google Translate in Spain and Italy, and it does help but it's not perfect and in some cases the translation is completely wrong.

Another online Translation app is Vocre and I believe that's still available on the app store.

I always figure the best translation app is the one sitting on top of my shoulders, so I'll be continuing with my Italian lessons.

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Oh, that is depressing... it worked great for me. I still have it on my old phone. It was so great because you did not need data.

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I have not tried the Lonely Planet Audio Phrasebooks that Rick's article referenced "(pay, self-contained), allow you to simply press a button to hear the phrase you're struggling to pronounce." It looks like you can link from the Lonely Planet site to buy that product from the Apple App store (also a link for the Google Play version).

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I'm pretty sure you can download individual languages for offline use on Google Translate.

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molly,

Since my last post, I've become aware of this......

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-translate-now-works-offline-on-iphone-in-app-translation-comes-to-android/

Google Translate is probably the best of the translator app's. Whether it's completely grammatically correct is another question. I always try to test it a few times when I'm in Europe, so I can get feedback from native speakers of the language. So far the results have been less than "perfect".

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Google Translate is a nifty app. I downloaded it for our trip to Cuba. I practiced some phrases while at home and saved a few essential translated phrases which I expected I would use on the trip. And it was nice to know I had an offline translator on hand just in case.